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Commons as Demanding Social Constructions: The Case of Aquifers in Rural Karnataka

Landy, F and Ruiz, L and Jacquet, J and Richard-Ferroudji, A and Sekhar, M and Guétat-Bernard, H and Oger-Marengo, M and Venkatasubramanian, G and Noûs, C (2021) Commons as Demanding Social Constructions: The Case of Aquifers in Rural Karnataka. In: International Journal of Rural Management, 17 (1). pp. 27-54.

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It is only recently that research on Indian groundwater has considered a perspective in terms of commons. ATCHA, an interdisciplinary project that includes among others hydrology, crop modelling and remote sensing analysis, includes such a lens in its study of the Berambadi watershed, Karnataka, India. Participant observation, semi-structured interviews and focus groups have shown that the local aquifers are not managed as a commons, and brought into light several factors hindering collective action. In this paper, these factors are reconsidered, in particular through Ostrom�s criteria. The national policy is currently trying to define a new legal framework for more sustainable management of the resource, but this new law is not known to users and it seems difficult to implement because it calls into question too many vested interests. We argue for aquifer management committees, which could be an intermediary between national policy orientations and users who are (rationally) not endorsing collective action. © 2016 Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, India.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Rural Management
Publisher: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd
Department/Centre: Others
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 05:43
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 05:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68506

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